My little side-project Off The Croft and the nice people at Polygon Books invite you to join us at MacSorley’s Bar, Glasgow on a Sunday afternoon for a glass of wine, some brunch and a celebration of the launch of acclaimed Lewis novelist and poet Kevin MacNeil‘s lastest novel “A Method Actor’s Guide To Jekyll and Hyde”.

Kevin will be joining us for a reading from his new book and we’ll have live music from Isle of Lewis singer/songwriter Iglue, Scottish folksters Brawth and Glasgow acoustic duo Knox and Ion providing a mighty fine soundtrack to the day.

If you’d like to join us please arrive early or drop the_croft@yahoo.co.uk a line for a nice invite!

We’ll be selling copies of the book on the day but if you can’t wait then it’s now on sale at Amazon. And there’s a good interview with Kevin about it here.

THE BOOK
After a bike crash in a foggy Edinburgh, troubled young actor Robert Lewis wakes to find that life has changed for the darker. And the weirder. He’s still a deceitful egoist but now life seems to be deceiving and manipulating him. Everything that can go wrong is going wrong. He’s losing control of his love life, his starring role in a new adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde, and, quite possibly, his mind. A Method Actor’s Guide to Jekyll and Hyde is a dark, maniacal thriller that explores many kinds of duality – individual, social and cultural, and is a heartfelt tale about the search for belonging and the nature of love and desire. It is also bloody funny.

THE AUTHOR

Kevin MacNeil was born and raised on the Isle of Lewis. A poet, novelist, aphorist, lyricist, screenwriter and playwright, his books include Love and Zen in the Outer Hebrides (Canongate), Be Wise Be Otherwise (Canongate), The Callanish Stoned (Theatre Hebrides) and The Stornoway Way (Penguin). His first book won the Tivoli Europa Giovani International Poetry Prize for best poetry collection published in Europe by a writer under 35. The Stornoway Way was a bestseller and is currently being optioned for a film. MacNeil was the inaugural Iain Crichton Smith Bilingual Writing Fellow and has held further prestigious writing residencies in Sweden (Uppsala University), Bavaria Villa Concordia) and a number of other places, including lecturing on the Creative Writing MSC at Edinburgh University. He often collaborates with visual artists and musicians. The William Campbell and Kevin MacNeil single ‘Local Man Ruins Everything’ (Fantastic Plastic) was Single of the Week in The Guardian, in The List and on Steve Lamacq’s radio show. MacNeil cycled 1300km of the Danube, from source to Budapest, on a single-speed fixed-gear track bike, for two cancer charities; the BBC filmed a documentary about him and his bike ride which took just a dozen cycling days.

THE MUSIC

Iglue: Iglue is 21 year old Niaal Masson from Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. He’s been writing music for this project since mid 2009. Having lived on the island most of his life, this is where he draw most of his inspiration from. He tries to dress like a fisherman but fails dramatically and also write poems and stories, which he hopes to incorporate into his music.

Brawth: Possibly the world’s only Scottish, soup-based, dark alt-country, harmony-driven folk band…just possibly!

Knox & Ion: A damn fine Jazz(ish) acoustic guitar duo playing a wide array of music combining latin, world and jazz music.